Legal assistance for review of detention


Country Report: Legal assistance for review of detention Last updated: 30/04/24


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After 3 days in detention, an asylum seeker has access to free legal assistance on detention matters only,[1] if needed, accompanied by an interpreter. Prior to that date, other persons such as a private lawyer, a person with a power of attorney, possibly from an NGO, and the applicant may request a review of the detention order.

A child detained on the basis of the Aliens Act is always appointed a legal counsellor if they have no parent in Sweden.[2]



[1]          Ch. 18, Section 1(1)(4) Aliens Act.

[2]          Ch. 10, Section 1(3) Aliens Act.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX – I Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation